Kentucky Hemp Business & Legal News

Kentucky submits hemp proposal to USDA for approval under 2018 Farm Bill

Kentucky is first in line to request federal approval of its hemp regulations. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles submitted Kentucky’s rules Friday, a day after President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill. “Hemp growers, processors and manufacturers deserve swift action so they can proceed with confidence,” Quarles told Bowling Green TV station WBKO. The Farm […]

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GenCanna’s 4th Kentucky hemp facility gets boost from tax incentives

Kentucky hemp grower and CBD manufacturer GenCanna Global is building a fourth factory in Kentucky, a $40 million facility the company received hefty public support for. GenCanna received “several million dollars” in state and local tax incentives to build the factory in Mayfield, in western Kentucky, President Steve Bevan told Hemp Industry Daily. The plant will […]

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Kentucky tobacco company buys stake in hemp manufacturer

Citing increased CBD sales, a Kentucky tobacco company is getting into CBD manufacturing. Turning Point Brands said it is buying an ownership stake in Canadian American Standard Hemp (CASH), a privately held company in Warwick, Rhode Island. CASH, a hemp-derived cannabinoid producer, manufactures white-label CBD tinctures, topicals, capsules and vape products. Turning Point’s move into […]

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MariMed invests $30M in hemp-derived CBD producer

Massachusetts-based MariMed, a multistate cannabis operator, is entering the hemp-derived CBD business with a $30 million investment in a Kentucky company. The company, GenCanna, has contract farmers to grow hemp to its specifications as well as processing facilities to make CBD extracts, concentrates, isolates and other products. GenCanna plans to use the investment to expand […]

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McConnell issues Farm Bill ‘guarantee’ that hemp will make final version

Hemp expansion in the next Farm Bill is a “guarantee,” according to the U.S. Senate’s majority leader. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said he’s not sure when Congress will finalize a Farm Bill to get to the president’s desk, but he’s certain hemp will be part of that compromise. “It will be in there, I guarantee […]

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Canadian cannabis company starts US hemp firm, citing looser regulations

Noting hemp’s relaxed oversight compared to marijuana, a Canadian cannabis company has launched a new hemp company and signed a $500,000 CBD deal with a Kentucky hemp producer. Ascent Industries announced the creation of Thirty Eight Hemp Co. to produce CBD products for sale in the United States. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Ascent also inked a […]

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CBD extraction firm snags tax breaks, hiring assistance in Kentucky

Kentucky’s booming CBD industry received an additional boost when the state granted an extraction company roughly $240,000 in tax breaks, plus help finding and training workers. Lexington-based firm Zelios, which opened four months ago, said it plans to double its extraction capacity and create 44 full-time jobs for a total investment of about $2.1 million. Kentucky Gov. […]

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McConnell ‘optimistic’ hemp will find success in Farm Bill

Hemp legalization should have no trouble making it to President Donald Trump’s desk, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted during a tour of a Kentucky hemp processor. “I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to finish the job,” McConnell told reporters Thursday at Louisville-based Sunstrand, which manufactures hemp composites such as insulation and boards. Before touring […]

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McConnell plans to attach hemp legalization measure to Farm Bill

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill to legalize hemp continues to build momentum, attracting additional co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle after being fast-tracked to the Senate floor. The latest twist: The Republican from Kentucky now plans to attach the language of his legislation to the 2018 Farm Bill, which might improve the measure’s […]

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Kentucky hemp-food manufacturer buys oil-press facility in Vermont

A Kentucky hemp-foods company is expanding into the Northeast with a new factory in Vermont. Victory Hemp Foods bought a 7,500-square-foot facility in Middlebury, Vermont, that formerly processed canola and sunflower oils, according to weekly newspaper Seven Days Vermont. The facility will process cold-pressed hemp oil and hemp protein powder, according to Victory Hemp Foods […]

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Chart: U.S. hemp production soars in 2017

Rising acceptance for hemp and CBD – combined with easing regulations at the state level – caused U.S. hemp production to surge in 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of acres licensed for hemp cultivation in the top 10 hemp-growing states grew by 140% – while the number of hemp producers doubled over the same […]

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